ICB Ultimate Package

Learning Hours: 565-700

DurationDuration: Up to 54 Months

Exams: 13

This ultimate bundle includes every ICB course available.

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Level 2 is comprised of three units: A1, A2, and A3. A1 and A2 tackle manual bookkeeping and A3 focuses on computerised bookkeeping using Xero Cloud software.

This course uses Xero. Are you looking to complete your studies using Sage Business Cloud software? Click here to be taken to our Sage version of the course.

No other training provider includes as many materials, lessons, examples and activities.

Exceptional ICB pass rates
Study whenever you want – at your own pace
Award-winning tutor support
Dedicated accounting and bookkeeping training provider
Interest-free payment plans to spread the cost

Includes free bonus courses

Free Xero Course and Certification

This enhances your CV and gives you the experience of using one of the most in-demand types of accounting software.

Free CPD Spreadsheets for Accounting unit

Learn how to create and use formulas, create pivot tables and charts, and use other advanced spreadsheet features to automate your accounting tasks.

Free Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business Course

What you need to know to start and grow your bookkeeping practice.

ICB Training Provider of the Year

With 11 wins, no other distance learning provider has won ICB Training Provider of the Year more than Training Link.

Training Link focuses on only three subjects: Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Payroll.

This keeps us focused on delivering the best student experience. And that’s why over the last 27 years we’ve won over 20 awards – from scooping AAT’s Best New Training Provider in 2018 to winning ICB’s Training Provider of the Year award 11 times!

Training Link has written and created all of the study material for our ICB courses.

And because we control this material, we can improve it based on student feedback and results. This is what helps Training Link students achieve outstanding pass rates.

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers was established in 1996. They promote the bookkeeping profession, learning and education, and offer qualifications.

The ICB is the largest bookkeeping membership organisation in the world. There are over 150,000 students and members in over 100 countries.

ICB’s certification is based on exams and only the finest professionals are eligible for membership. Members need to maintain their status via Continuous Professional Development.

ICB’s rigorous standards give businesses the confidence that an ICB-certified Bookkeeper will have the highest standards. And that’s why it is a perfect pathway for anyone who wants to become a self-employed bookkeeper.

Our ICB Ultimate Package includes:

  • Level 2 Bookkeeping
  • Level 3 Bookkeeping and Accounts
  • Level 3 Payroll Management
  • Level 4 Business Insight
  • Level 4 Corporation Tax (for Micro and Small Businesses)
  • Level 4 Financial Statements (for Micro and Small Businesses)
  • Level 4 Self-Assessment Tax
  • All registration and Membership fees
  • FREE Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business course

ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

On this level 2 ICB qualification, you will learn the principles that underpin double-entry bookkeeping. And upon completion, you will be able to competently manage the bookkeeping and accounts for your own or your partner’s business, or apply for Jobs in Bookkeeping and Accounts.

More detail about the topics of this course can be found here. 

ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping

In this level 3 course, you will learn how to produce a VAT Return, control the sales and purchases ledgers, and post year-end adjustments. You will also learn how to produce the final accounts for sole traders, partnerships, not-for-profit organisations and Limited Companies. You’ll understand the basics of the different accounting standards (IFRS and UKGAAP).

More detail about the topics of this course can be found here. 

ICB Diploma in Payroll Management Level 3

  • Underpinning Knowledge
  • Calculation of Gross Pay
  • National Insurance Contributions
  • Pay As You Earn
  • Other Statutory deductions
  • Directors
  • Benefits in Kind (BIK)
  • Construction Industry Scheme
  • Use of Payroll Forms
  • Demonstrate practical skills in the application of a payroll package

ICB Level 4 Certificate in Business Insight

  • Understanding Cost Behaviour
  • Forecasting and Budgeting
  • Preparing Budgets
  • The Cash Budget
  • Targets and Monitoring Performance
  • The operating Cycle
  • Short Term Finance Decisions
  • Short Term Decision Making
  • Capital Investment Decision Making

ICB Level 4 Certificate in Corporation Tax (for Micro and Small Businesses)

  • Underpinning Knowledge
  • Calculate Adjusted Trading Profits
  • Capital Allowances
  • Profits Chargeable to Corporation Tax for an Incorporated Business under FRS105 and FRS102 Section 1A
  • Gains, Losses and Reliefs
  • Payment and Administration

ICB Level 4 Certificate in Financial Statements (for Micro and Small Businesses)

  • Underpinning Knowledge
  • Ltd Company and Ltd Liability Partnership Financial Statements
  • Accounting Concepts
  • Other accounting concepts and principles
  • Preparing Statutory Year-End Accounts
  • Introduction to Consolidated (Group Accounts)
  • Statement of Cashflows
  • Interpretation of Financial Statements

ICB Level 4 Certificate in Self-Assessment Tax

  • Underpinning Knowledge
  • Entering Details of Personal Income onto a Self-Assessment Return
  • Entering Details of Business Income and Expenditure for Unincorporated Businesses
    onto the Relevant Returns
  • Chargeable Gains
  • Calculating Tax and National Insurance Contributions Due and Filing Returns
  • Foreign Income and Residence Basis

You need to have basic numerical skills and a good understanding of the English language.


BrightPay for Windows

  • Windows 11 or Windows 10
  • .NET Framework 4.8
  • 1 Ghz Processor
  • 512 MB RAM (1+ GB recommended)

Most PCs have the .NET Framework version 4.8 already installed. For those which don’t, the BrightPay setup program will automatically attempt to download and install it. To install BrightPay on a PC with no internet connection, you may need to download and install the .NET Framework manually.

BrightPay for Mac

macOS (previously OS X) 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher (see compatible Macs here).

If you have any questions please contact us.

On completion of levels 2 and 3 bookkeeping, you can upgrade your ICB membership status and use the letters MICB after your name. You can also use the title of ‘ICB Certified Bookkeeper’. You will also be able to work as a self-employed bookkeeper or work for a company as a bookkeeper.

After completing the Payroll course, you could set up your own payroll business, or offer a payroll service for a bookkeeping and accountancy practice.

The level 4 units can open up extra revenue streams and maximise the amount you can earn from each client.

Level 2 Bookkeeping

For the Level 2 course, there are three exams. The ‘A1’ and ‘A2’ exams are online so you will need a reliable Internet connection and a computer.

The ‘A3’ Paper is a home-based assignment where you will need to upload a report.

Level 3 Bookkeeping

For the Level 3 course, there are four 3-hour online exams. They can be taken at home or your place of work. You will need a reliable Internet connection and a computer.

The fifth exam is a 2-hour synoptic. This would typically be taken at an ICB exam centre, however, since Coronavirus this is currently available by remote invigilation. You would need to keep your webcam turned on throughout the exam.

Level 3 Payroll

You can take the exam from home by assignment.

You have 14 days to access the exam once you’ve applied for it, and 24 hours to complete the paper once you have started it. Results can take up to 28 days.

The cost of exams can increase at the discretion of the awarding body (ICB). If you include the exam fees as part of your enrolment, we will pay for all exam fees up to the agreed value at the time of purchase, but you would need to pay for any subsequent increase.

Level 4 Business Insight

There is one three-hour exam.

You can take this from home or work. You will have 2 weeks from when you receive the exam to take it. Once activated you will have 3 hours to complete it.

Level 4 Corporation Tax (For Micro and Small Businesses)

There is one three-hour exam.

You can take this from home or work. You will have 2 weeks from when you receive the exam to take it. Once activated you will have 3 hours to complete it.

Level 4 Financial Statements (For Micro and Small Businesses)

There is one three-hour exam.

You can take this from home or work. You will have 2 weeks from when you receive the exam to take it. Once activated you will have 3 hours to complete it.

Level 4 Self Assessment Tax

This is assessed by one online assessment, taken in the candidate’s home or place of work.

The assessment will be available to complete for a period of 48 hours.

The exam is a series of tasks, such as entering amounts into screens that resemble an online self-assessment return. Other tasks involve calculations that show an understanding of the calculation of tax, National Insurance Contributions, Capital Allowances, Capital Gains Tax and adjusted net profit.

Want more flexibility?

Our tutor support timeframes are deliberately generous and far exceed what most students need.

Most of our students finish well in advance of the course duration. But what happens if you do need a little longer?

This is where our course extension options come into play. We offer one-month, three-month, and six-month extensions so you can feel reassured by knowing that if you do need extra time you have that option.

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with Omni Capital. For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours per week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the criteria listed above does not guarantee finance acceptance.

If you want to enrol on a course and you have questions about your Omni Capital application or want to discuss other payment options please call us on 0800 594 2822.

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